The Kung Fu Saloon chain, with locations in Austin, Dallas and Houston, has agreed to settle U.S. Department of Justice charges that it has repeatedly refused service to Asian and black customers.
The Justice Department launched an investigation after learning that a black patron had been denied entry at the bar’s Dallas location. The doorman told him it was because of the Converse All-Star shoes he was wearing. When the patron noted that his white friend was admitted wearing the same type of shoes, the doorman said the saloon reserved the right to decide who to admit.
The man’s complaint led to a small fine from the city, but also a federal investigation.
Under the settlement, Kung Fu Saloon will no longer discriminate based on the patron’s race, and will train staff members about the Civil Rights Act’s public accommodations provisions.
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